What's On?


27th June

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association

  29 Jun - 15 Jul

Hungerford Arts Festival

Various start times

The Arts Festival runs for two weeks and includes MUSIC, THEATRE, EXHIBITIONS, COMEDY, FILM, TALKS, WALKS 7 WORKSHOPS - in fact, something for everyone! Tickets available ONLINE and from Newbury Building Society, Hungerford.

Comedy Club

  29 June

Comedy Club


Hungerford Comedy Club rounds off its first year with a mixture of stand-up styles including sets from Sunjai Arif and Jay Handley, and regular MC Graeme Coulam.

An engaging storyteller, Sunjai quickly wins over audiences with his warm personality. Jay is a regular at some of the UK's very best venues and has twice been a finalist in the Birmingham New Act of the Year Awards - although he did not win, what he lost in potential accolades he has gained in a zen-like acceptance of his place in the world.

Graham Harvey

  29 June

The Archers

Graham Harvey, In Search of Countryside Treasure


An evening with Graham Harvey, Ambridge's 'Minister of Agriculture'

With music by Alastair Collingwood

Writer of over 600 episodes of The Archers - the world's longest-running radio soap opera - and creator of some of its most memorable storylines and characters, Graham Harvey looks back on his time with the programme and explains how it is created. Fans will enjoy the light-hearted pub quiz on the show!

With live music, songs and readings from his stage play, No Finer Life, Graham explores our relationship with the countryside. 'Farming,' he says, 'the state of the land, its impact on the countryside and the quality of the food it produces, and our individual health are inextricably linked. Getting it right is perhaps the most important challenge of the 21st century. Deciding what we do, even discussing it, should not be left to politicians, industry or those working the land alone. Everyone should be part of a great debate.'

A discussion and Q&A session on rural life concludes the evening.

Exhibition - 23 local artists

  30 Jun - 15 Jul


23 Local Artists

weekends only.

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

Open: Saturday and Sunday 30 June/1 July, 7/8, 14/15 July.  Parking, wheelchair access, garden.

Kast Off Kinks

  30 June



The Kast Off Kinks are actual former members of the iconic rock band The Kinks, back together playing great music and reliving the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name

This great line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals Kinks 80s & 90s and still works with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals Kinks 60s & 70s), Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, previously with the Beach Boys, Noel Redding Band and Tim Rose).

Expect all the hits including: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus many more.

A great night out, not to be missed!


  1 July

Singing Workshop

with Sarah Cope


Come and sing! All welcome - no experience necessary.

Since 1997, Sarah has been the Director of Music at St Nicolas Parish Church, Newbury, where she has grown the church choir to over 40 members, both Juniors and Adults. The choir performs regularly for all Sunday Services as well as for special civic and Newbury Festival services.

Ashworth Rattenbury

  1 July

Ashworth & Rattenbury - Guitar Recital


Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars began playing as a duo to prepare music for a celebration of composer Milton Babbitt's centenary in 2016. Their performance was recorded for later broadcast by BBC Radio 3's Hear & Now show, and they also performed Babbitt's music at further concerts. Inspired to explore the guitar duet repertoire further, they now perform a wide range of music for two guitars. This includes arrangements of baroque keyboard music, well-known classical guitar duets, choros from Latin America, and works by the American minimalists. Both guitarists are also members of the Sussex Guitar Quartet.

Jon Rattenbury is an active guitarist and music educator. He has wide experience as a performer on electric and classical guitar and as a music tutor. Jon has worked as a music examiner for RSL and the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and has recently worked as a music consultant for ABRSM, helping to develop a new popular music syllabus. Jon completed his Masters in music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has interests in both historical and contemporary musicology. In 2014, the Lute Society published Jon?s critical edition of 17th century baroque guitar songs from the library of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Brian Ashworth studied classical guitar, piano, and harmony, benefiting greatly from his studies with Robert Brightmore at music college in London. Professional projects have included TV and radio work with composer Karl Jenkins, working from Olympic Studios in London. His recent focus has remained in contemporary music and education, working in Brighton as a guitar, bass, drum kit and ukulele teacher. Brian also travels internationally as a performer, presenter, and educator. He has played and recorded with many ensembles over the years, with particular interest in 'Early' and 'Late' periods of music.

Rory McNeil

  3 July

An Evening of Jazz

Rory McNeill


Rory is a local 19-year old jazz singer-songwriter whose rich, baritone voice offers a fresh take on the great Jazz Songbook fused with his own originality as a lyricist and storyteller. He has been gaining recognition in this genre and has been likened to Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra.

Rory and his band together with a few special guests present an evening of original music intertwined with jazz classics.



Continuing this week


  8 Jun - 6 Jul


Exhibition of paintings by Robert Fitzmaurice


To mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI the artist Robert Fitzmaurice will present a solo exhibition of paintings, prints and mixed media that considers the nature of the soldier from ancient times to the present day.


Bohun Gallery

  19 May - 28 Jul

John Piper - 'A Very English Artist'


This summer Oxfordshire's Bohun Gallery will be examining John Piper's travels around the British Isles and his contribution towards the protection and maintenance of our English Heritage.

New Era Players

  12 May - 21 Jul

The Fascination of Colour, Surface and Pattern


An Exhibition of Paintings by Katie Tattersdill.


is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council